Williamstown is a historic part of Melbourne with a strong maritime and transportation history, being situated where the Yarra River meets Port Phillip Bay. Once it was Victoria’s major cargo port with ships unloading their cargo to be transferred to trains and transported all over Australia.
Today Williamstown is one of Melbourne’s more affluent suburbs and gears itself towards visitors with an array of cafes, restaurants, gallieries and accomodation.
Here are a few nerdy Williamstown facts:
- Williamstown was named after King William 4 of Great Britain
- It has a population of 14,200
- Williamstown was a popular stopping point for many on their way to make their fortunes in the Victorian gold fields in the 1850’s
- Australia’s first telegraph began operating between Williamstown and the city of Melbourne on 3 March 1984
Being only 8km from the city centre and set on a curve in the river, there is a wonderful view of the CBD from across the water and this is what I wanted to try to capture. I set up on a warm night in late afternoon with the idea of photographing a view of the city’s skyline with the boats in the foreground to include a bit of Melbourne’s history. Kind of like Melbourne past and present. Here are a few of the better ones.